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TINERARY:

Day 1 / Dec 9, 2020: Arrive Santiago  [D]

On arrival to the Santiago Airport, you will provide your own transfer from Santiago Airport to your hotel. After check-in, the remainder of the day is at your leisure to explore the vibrant city of Santiago. We recommend checking out the Bellavista neighborhood for its lively bars, restaurants and street performances. Overnight in Santiago.

Day 2 / Dec 10, 2020:  Santiago City Tour [B,L]

Let us introduce you to the classic city we know and love on this 6-hour tour exploring the city’s most popular sites along with some of our personal favourites. Chile´s rich cultural heritage comes to life as we visit the iconic symbols of the city, including La Plaza de Armas (the main square), La Moneda (the government palace), the Santiago Metropolitan Cathedral and the spectacular Cerro Santa Lucia, where the city was founded in 1541. We continue to the bohemian area of Bellavista and climb the San Cristobal hill for a panoramic view of Santiago with the Andes Mountains in the background. We’ll also visit the Orient Sector, the most modern area of the city, with its impressive high-rise buildings and classy boulevards before we offer you a choice of the activities designed to enhance your Santiago experience. Later we take a walking tour through the Mercado Central, Chile’s largest fresh seafood market where you can try some of the local cuisine on offer. On completion of the tour you’ll be returned to your hotel and have free time to further explore the city at your leisure. Overnight in Santiago.

VALPARAISO

Day 3 / Dec 11, 2020:  Full day Valparaiso Tour  [B,L]

After breakfast , depart for Valparaíso which is Chile’s oldest port. It is also home to the country’s Senate and Chamber of Deputies, which moved here from the capital in 1989, when Chilean democratic governance was re-established. The city’s many hills are covered with a multi-colored panorama of painted houses crowding every nook and cranny, ensuring a spectacular backdrop to your visit. During your tour, you will see the historic city centre, whose fine 19th-Century architecture provides good reason for its inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Then, you will travel to a view-point overlooking the city via one of Valparaíso’s signature funicular elevators, two dozen of which were built at the turn of the 20th Century to connect the upper and lower sections of the city. You will also visit the parliamentary building and Plaza Sotomayor’s memorial to the heroes of the War of the Pacific, before you continue to Catrala Boutique Vineyard, located in the way back to Santiago. Lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, visit La Sebastiana Museum which used to be Pablo Neruda’s house in Valparaíso, now open to the public as a museum. High up on Cerro Florida, it offers a marvellous view of the sea and an interesting insight into the life and work of this eccentric poet and diplomat. Pablo Neruda bought this place in order “to live and write in peace” and furnished every corner according to his taste and preferences. He sometimes celebrated New Year’s Eve here. Pablo Neruda called La Sebastiana “a house that seems to be floating in the air, but stands firmly on the ground”. Continue our tour to the idyllic Catrala Boutique Vineyard was recently founded in 2003 and is among Chile’s youngest vineyards. It is a perfect location to close the day. You will learn about winegrowing with biodynamic and organic farming in a relaxed and familiar atmosphere. The “Peñuelas” nature reserve, which is full of endemic tree species, surrounds the vineyard and lends the area a spicy scent. In this wonderful environment it is easy to forget about daily life and to enjoy Catrala’s quality wines. Overnight in Santiago.

Day 4 / Dec 12, 2020: Full Day Santa Rita Winery Tour – Temuco  [B,L,D]

After breakfast, depart from Santiago, sit back and relax during the scenic drive to Santa Rita Winery. Boasting a dramatic backdrop of the Andes Mountains, the sculpted gardens and verdant splendor of the winery prove a spectacular sight. Greet your knowledgeable guide and begin your tour of the sprawling vineyards, learning about the 19th century origin of the vineyard as you wander. Explore the fermentation cellars and bottling plant to enrich your knowledge of traditional production methods, and then stand before the historical structure of Bodega 1 for a glimpse of typical colonial construction. Venture to the legendary landmark of Don Paula Restaurant, an establishment declared a national monument due to its colorful past. Hear about the 120 battle weary rebel soldiers who sought refuge in the restaurant, and how the courageous owner accommodated the revolutionaries. Sample the three varieties of the signature 120 wine, dedicated to this historical legend. Spend your remaining time at Santa Rita strolling the gorgeous gardens or observing the intriguing artifacts in the on-site Andean Museum. We will have lunch at the facilities. Transfer top the Santiago Airport for your short flight to Temuco. Overnight in Temuco.

SANTA RITA

Day 5 / Dec 13, 2020: Full Day Pucon Tour – Temuco [B,L,D]

In the morning we will depart from Temuco and start heading east towards Villarrica National Park, a protected area boasting 63,000 hectares. Once in the park, our trekking adventure will begin bordering one of the most important lagoons of the area: Quillelhue. This is where we can find the majority of avifauna in this park including black-necked swans, red-gartered coot and a variety of ducks. After lunch, we will continue following a different trail passing through the northern slope of the imposing Lanín Volcano. There we will have the chance to experience direct contact with nature as we discover the Andean Lagoons and the biodiversity they encompass. If lucky, we might spot skunks, Andean condors, woodpeckers and even cougars while walking through lush forests of coigües and monkey puzzle trees.
After this great experience, we will return to our starting point to admire a nearby waterfall and then head back to Temuco. Overnight in Temuco.

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Day 6 / Dec 14,2020:  SOLAR ECLIPSE DAY [B , Lunch box , D]

After a relaxed breakfast, get ready for the journey to your unique eclipse-viewing site, where you’ll will enjoy a cocktail while standing in the moons shadow and observing the total Solar Eclipse. This evening we will celebrate great eclipse in our hotel followed by dinner. Overnight in Temuco.

Duration:2 hours, 49 minutes, 54 seconds
Duration of totality:2 minutes, 11 seconds
Partial begins:Dec 14, 2020 at 11:41:06 am
Full begins:Dec 14, 2020 at 1:02:48 pm
Maximum:Dec 14, 2020 at 1:03:52 pm
Full ends:Dec 14, 2020 at 1:04:59 pm
Partial ends:Dec 14, 2020 at 2:31:00 pm

Day 7 / Dec 15,2020: Temuco – Santiago [B]

Half day free of leisure in Temuco , afternoon flight back to Santiago. Upon arrival check in your hotel and rest of the day free of leisure. Overnight in Santiago.

DAY 8 / Dec 16, 2020:  Departure from Santiago [B]

Flight back to home.

 

 

 

  • Rates & Booking Info

    Per person in DBL room: $4,795

    Single Supplement: $1,495


    • Deposit: $1,000 per person is  due at the time of booking along with a completed Reservation Form.
    • 2.nd Payment: $1,500 per person due by February 6, 2019
    • Final Payment due by July 17, 2019

     BOOKING FORM

    Please fax the above form to 1-888-514-7070 or e-mail at info[at]eclipsetraveler.com to book this tour. 

    • Cancellations must be in writing by email, fax, or mail.
    • Cancellation Penalties are as follows:
    • Booking date - Feb 6,2019: 25% penalty
    • Feb 7, 2019 – July 16, 2019: 50% penalty
    • July 17, 2019 - Trip date: 100% penalty
  • Hotels

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    Cumbres Vitacura Hotel - 4*+

    Set in the high-end Vitacura district, Hotel Cumbres Vitacura provides accommodations in Santiago. Free WiFi is featured throughout this entire property. This hotel has an outdoor swimming pool and a fitness center, which guests are invited to enjoy during their stay. Rooms at Hotel Cumbres Vitacura feature private bathroom facilities with a shower, free toiletries and free slippers. Rooms are also fitted with a flat-screen TV with cable channels, a mini-bar, a safety-deposit box, a coffee machine, heating and air-conditioning. Rooms provide either a city or city and mountain view.

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    Hotel Frontera - 4*+

    Hotel Frontera Plaza provides its guests with free WiFi and free buffet breakfast in Temuco. The main square, Aníbal Pinto Square, is located in front of the hotel. Rooms here have a comfortable and modern design. Each consists of a private bathroom with bathtub, cable TV, a mini-bar and safety deposit box. You can enjoy a city view from the rooms. At Hotel Frontera Plaza you can depend on 24-hour front desk assistance. A laundry service and room service are available.

  • Tour Inclusions

    • Accommodation in superior 4* centrally located hotels
    • Daily buffet breakfasts
    • Meals as specified at the day by day itinerary ( B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner )
    • Internal flights on economy class (Santiago – Temuco- Santiago)
    • Santa Rita Winery including visit, wine testing and lunch at the property ( award winner winery )
    • Local English-speaking guide
    • All sightseeing as specified at the day-by-day itinerary
    • All entrance fees, local service charges and local taxes
    • Cocktails on Eclipse day
    • Eclipse Celebration dinner in Temuco at Frontier Hotel
    • Services of an Eclipse Traveler Trip Leader
    • Eclipse lecture by an experienced astronomer
    • Travel Documents Kit
    • Eclipse viewing glasses
    • Eclipse Traveler t-shirt

     

  • Tour Exclusions

    • International flights to/from Chile
    • Arrival and departure transfers to/from Santiago ( arrival day and departure day )
    • Arrival/departure taxes or reciprocity fees, visa fees where applicable
    • Gratuities for tour leader and local guide and driver
    • Services not mentioned in the program
    • Travel Insurance
  • Trip Insurance

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    Travel Insurance is highly recommended. 

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